Federal Tax Service demands to recognize Russian-Swiss millionaire bankrupt

Federal Tax Service demands to recognize Russian-Swiss millionaire bankrupt
Dmitry Yakubovskiy

Attorney Dmitry Yakubovskiy got his nickname (General Dima) in the 1990s, when at age 28 he nearly became a General. Then he led the commission of the USSR Ministry of Defense in the Western Group of Forces in Germany. As a lawyer, he defended the interests of Solntsevskaya gang entrepreneurs Sergey Mikhailov (Mikhas) and Arnold Tamm (Spivakovsky), and today he is considered one of the richest people in Switzerland with a fortune of about $1 billion.

The Interdistrict Inspectorate of the Federal Tax Service (FSIN) No.22 in the Moscow region filed an application with the Arbitrazh court on October 19 to declare Russian lawyer and businessman Dmitry Yakubovskiy bankrupt.

As reported by Pravo.ru with reference to the file of arbitration cases, the application in case No. A41-85318/2017 has not yet been accepted for production. The amount of FSIN’s claims to Yakubovskiy is 2.2 billion rubles ($38.2m).

However, as the newspaper reports, there is no information about debt’s origin.

It is worth noting that Dmitry Yakubovskiy, known under the nickname General Dima, is a Russian lawyer and entrepreneur, whose name was repeatedly associated with the Solntsevskaya gang. Currently, Yakubovskiy is the owner of the Swiss holding company Engelberg Industrial Group AG, the multimillionaire; Bilanz business magazine estimated his fortune at 800 million Swiss francs in 2014, RBC estimates his assets at about $1 billion. He got his nickname (General Dima) in the 1990s, when at age 28 he nearly became a General. Then, a little-known ex-employee of the USSR Prosecutor's Office, State Logistics Committee and the Moscow Bar Association was suddenly appointed head of the working group of the USSR Defense Ministry in the Western Group of Forces (Germany) and immediately received the military rank of a Colonel.

In 1994 he was arrested on charges of stealing books from the Russian National Library of St. Petersburg and was released in 1998. He became famous as a lawyer, representing the interests of the Solntsevskaya OCG Arnold Spivakovsky and the wife of Anatoly Sobchak, Lyudmila Narusova. Then he took up business in partnership with Vladimir Evtushenkov and his AFK Sistema and VTB Bank. He currently resides in Switzerland.

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